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ERIC Number: EJ1086825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Working Talk: Developing a Framework for the Teaching of Collaborative Talk
Newman, Ruth
Research Papers in Education, v31 n1 p107-131 2016
This study draws on the findings of an ESRC and British Telecom funded study which explored the teaching of collaborative talk. A teaching intervention was designed which adopted the principles of dialogic teaching, but which, drawing on educational linguistics, particularly emphasised the role of metatalk in developing students' awareness of the interpersonal processes of collaborative talk. To facilitate the development of this metatalk, a framework was devised which described collaborative talk as a process of "participating, understanding and managing." The research project was a rich qualitative study based on two secondary English classrooms in two different schools, capturing group interaction through video and audio data capture. Drawing on the findings from analysis of data, this study will present transcripts from one group in each school to describe how the strands, "participating, understanding and managing," appeared in students' collaborative talk. It will illustrate how these strands may develop in talk over time, visible in the increased "attunement" of students' turns. It explores how the framework facilitated the development of students' collaborative and metatalk, and how it can be used to foster effective dialogic talk about language. The framework for collaborative talk represents an original contribution to research which conceptualises effective educational peer dialogue, and its use as a scaffold for metatalk draws attention to the role of metalinguistic understanding in talk development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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